Glenn Roeder Doing Nicely at Norwich

Glenn Roeder took over as manager of Norwich City on October 31st last year, when the Canaries were bottom of the Championship. They are now in 13th place of 24 teams, and may even be able to make the playoffs this season.


Glenn Roeder – doing great in East Anglia with Lee Clark

Norwich had just 8 points from their first 13 games and in the 19 league games Norwich have played under Roeder and assistant manager Lee Clark, they have collected 34 points – an impressive record.

In fact, if you extend that record over 32 games they would be on 57 points and second top of the Championship, so it’s promotion type form since Glenn took over. We know from looking at Roeder’s management background, when he joins clubs he does very well initially, but his problem is maintaining that initial success.

He did it when he was manager of West Ham United, and had that team in 7th place in the Premier League, their best ever position, in his first season in charge in 2001-2002. But the next season they were relegated, when they finished in 18th place. Admittedly the Hammers had 42 points, which is the highest points total of any team relegated from the Premier League.

Similarly at Newcastle, when he took over from the hapless Graeme Souness, we had only 26 points from 23 games in early February, but at the end of the 38 game season we had 58 points and were in 7th position. So in 15 games we gained 32 points in 2006.

In that season we gained 19 points from the last 7 games and ended up with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at home, with Titus Bramble scoring the winner after 73 minutes. We qualified for the Inter-Toto Cup, won it, and then went on to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Cup last year.

But in the league we were hopeless, and finished in 13th position, with our worst ever points total of 43. Roeder was sacked by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd, just before the end of last season.

It’s interesting to note that we’ll be lucky to reach 43 points this season, and that this may be our worst ever performance in the Premier League ever.

We wish Roeder all the luck in the world, and don’t be surprised if he takes a number of our outstanding youngster to Carrow Road, either permanently or on loan. He’s already signed South African Matty Pattison, and will probably make a move for Shola Ameobi in the summer. Ameobi could do well in the Championship and has always played well and scored goals for Glenn.

Other youngsters such as David Edgar could also find themselves getting good experience at Norwich. The Canaries are just 6 points off a play off position in the Championship, with 14 games to go, so there is also a chance that Norwich could qualify for the play-offs this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • AlexW

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    i liked glen roeder, a very nice person, but you cant be “nice” in this job. he doesnt have enough calibre to make it at a top club, all the best to him though

  • Bob

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Ditto AlexW, all the best Glenn. Good man.

  • Nev

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Glenn was a good manager, great in his first season, second was ruined by a horrific injury record with ruled out half the squad for 6 months!

    i dont think he can cut it at the “top” , but will always be a respected in my eyes, good luck to him!

  • Graham

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope he gets to the play offs and then promoted.

    Good luck to one of the nicest blokes in football

  • paulthe pom

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    people say he couldn’t cut it.he never had the chance.when he got sacked his injuries were terrible and he was given no money whatsoever.i hope he becomes a top manager.bobby robsons a nice bloke who did allright around the world and we sacked him aswell.getting very disallusioned with my club over the last few years although i’m glad fat sams gone.


    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    I would like Norwich to be a bit of a feeder club for us. Glenn knows and loves our club is a fine and proven coach and great in handling youngsters i would send Edgar, Tozer and maybe a couple of others there for a season long loan next season as we are short on quality and numbers this season and hopefully a couple more quality defenders can free up the talented young players and give them good experience in a tough competitive league.
    Also Roeder resigned hence going with dignity intact unlike Souness & Spam top bloke i hope Norwich come up in the next couple of years and play a SJP because i think he deserved a standing ovation for his 10 years a a fine CB and later Captain, His great work at the academy and as a manager lifting the gloom of you know who, getting us back into europe and winning our first (major?) trophy for a while the Intertoto
    Cheers Glenn

  • Howie

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    top bloke. i dont think he could hack it at sjp but hope he does very well with norwich. next season will be tough for him as fans will expect promotion after a steady season this year

  • scott9

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    all the best to roeder hes a great guy i always liked him i hope he gets them to the premier he didnt get any look here with all the injuries having to play huntington edgar ramge and patterson when he had everyone fit we seemed to play well he didnt really have a fair pop in my opinion all the best glen.

  • Hadrian

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    yeah glen’s doing well , pleased for him he’s a good man .
    maybe he’d still be here if freddy backed him last january , who know’s what would have happened . even my mother could have told you we needed to spend a few quid on defenders that window .

  • Robert from Serbia

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #10

    oh…and now he is a good man for you? remeber how you wanted to sack him??? he had injured Moore,Babayaro,Emre,OWEN,Duff,Carr,Dyer,Parker and others for some time…we didnt have a chance to go to europe last season…we were short in numbers,and Shepard didnt want him….

  • Mike

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Interesting to read all your comments on Glen, we in Norwich think what he has done puts him almost in the Clough class. You may have seen that one player he sent back to Scotland described him as nasty, so perhaps he is getting that ruthless streak, anyway he has done a fatastic job for us,thanks Mr Shepherd

  • jeff

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Aye good luck Glenn

  • Ian

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Good luck Glen.

    It was mission impossible here.

  • Leo*

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #14

    hope he does do well. he probs deserves some sucess all of the hard graft he did for us, and im sure we are all still thankful for what he did.

    he is too nice a man to make it at the topflight with a big club, i think if norwich get promoted then he will do good

  • Astidores Sanchez Blanco

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Roeder is a good guy. We played our best football since Robson under him and I wish him all the best.

    Keegan needs to be given time. We need to grin and bear the next few months, we will lose a lot of games and possibly take a few more poundings but as long as we stay safe there will be better times ahead.

  • Hadrian

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #16

    hindsight shines a good light on glens time at our club , considering what we have been through in the few months since .
    sure there was many a fan who wanted roeder replaced with a top manager , by that nobody meant fat sam tho !! :O

  • arctoa

    Feb 16, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #17

    He’s in the same boat as Ameobi, really: Top bloke, below-average performer, not strong enough to make it at the top. I do think he’ll do well at Norwich though, I think the setup down there will suit him. So long as he starts well next season the fans will keep off him, they’re no longer the yo-yo club that they were.

  • Sav

    Feb 16, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Glenn was a victim of his own short-term success at Newcastle. Should never have been given the full-time post but Shepherd was on an economy drive. Could still have been with our academy instead of an acrimonious departure. Glad he’s doing well at Norwich. Shame about disrespect at WHU.

  • stjames

    Feb 16, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m not always proud of my fellow Toons. To tell the truth I find them a bit short sighted at times and sometimes a bit negative.

    I have the greatest respect for Roeder myself. Always did. Freddy’s mishandling of him and his tenure at SJP may have robbed us of great times. I also liked his humility and low profile which some take for weakness. Far from it in my book.

  • Viggó

    Feb 17, 2008 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #20

    I wish Glen all the best. He did very well for us considering the resources he had. He was a better manager for us then Souness and Allardyce. Prove you’re critics wrong, prove Fat Freddy wrong by getting Norwich into the Premiere league and keep them there!

  • Viggó

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #21

    oh. and Roeder did sign Obafemi. I just hope Keegan plays the kind of football that get’s players like Oba and Owen going! Get Faye and Emre on the field! Alan Smith can go where ever he wants to as long as it’s not near St. James’ Park

  • George

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    You put the dreaded curse on Glen Roeder by saying how well he had done at Norwich. Just a pity they got such a thumping.


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